steven furtick gave a message this past sunday on the benefits of the LORD.

How often do we overlook these?  it was such a great reminder

psalm 103:1-4

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

(another) weekend update

has it been a week since i last posted?  wow.

well.  this last weekend was quite busy.  it started friday.  velocity decided to do the 30 Hour Famine that world vision hosts.  me and 35 other velocity staff and students started fasting around 7:00a on friday.  we got together, had some worship, played some games, slept at the church, served in detroit, then ended the fast at 1:00p saturday afternoon.  thanks to anne gardner we had a kickin’ “traditional” african meal.  overall we raised over $4,000 for world vision to help feed kids in africa.

then came velocity.

i gave the talk on “who do you say jesus is?” it was based off of peter’s confession in matthew 16:15 – “You are the Christ, son of the living God.”

for a creative element, we had two students spray paint both positive and negative views of jesus on to a large piece of muslin fabric (see pic) … after the talk, the band did three worship songs from behind the fabric…it was a powerful night of confession and worship of who jesus is.


Weekend Update

saturday was a relaxing day.  another one of those day that no work has to be done (on my part).  I took some time to read crazy love (haven’t finished it yet).  in MI it was a sunny 55 degrees (F) outside, so that made for a more cheerful attitude than usual.  tony tice spoke at northridge church saturday night…i enjoyed being challenged on being a person of truth 100% of the time.

sunday was a long day.  bill and i drove to the birmingham campus of kensington community church.  it was a great experience.  northridge is launching our first regional campus in saline, mi.  so it was great to see how other churches are doing the whole multi-site gig.

this pic is of the junior high group [breakaway].  they meet right outside of the cafeteriaimg_0063

this is the main auditorium [where the big people go to church]img_0068

*all pics were taken with my iPhone*

sunday night we had velocity.  it was a blast.  bill brought the talk – the main point was god gives rest.  whoa! did our students need to hear this one!!  i guess if bill and i are honest though, the talk was designed for him and i.  we have been going and going…we need to find rest in the God we’re serving!

i’m excited about teaching this next sunday.  the topic?  “who do you say jesus is?” gonna be sweet.

weekend update + series ending

this weekend was a bit busy.  I spoke in all 3 of our Junior High services…which went really great.  Bill Holbrook did wonderful leading volunteers so I wouldn’t have to worry about any of that.

my talk was on boundaries in dating. great subject for jh kids.

then sunday night came.  this time bill spoke in velocity, which was a nice break for me.  we wrapped up our “goin’ all the way” series with a talk on loneliness.  bill hit it out of the park.


our next series is called ‘red letters.’ watch the promo video here.

another key event this weekend:  i was given a free iPhone.  a volunteer decided to bless me with his 4G 1st generation iPhone.  i am now an AT&T customer.

i’m still reading crazy love and tribes

what i’m excited about:  like having an iPhone isn’t enough?!?  i’m excited to solidify our summer trips, as well as plan for our EMERGE weekend experience.

weekend update

friday was another relaxing day.  had the opportunity to go to the gym after work…which is pretty rare.  I settled in at my favorite coffee establishment and read “tribes.”

saturday started with me sleeping in.  awesome.  I really enjoyed the down time.  went to the gym again (trying to reach my goal).  then settled in at the aforementioned coffee place to edit some videos and put some work into my talk for Velocity.

sunday is sunday.  I get up. workout.  coffee shop.  church.  home.  sleep.  routine is good, reliable, steady.  I like routine.


book i’m in the midst of: still need to finish Tribes.  started Crazy Love, which I’m excited about.  also still reading The Blessed Life.

on my to-do-list this week: create the summer trips packet.  continue to dream up our local mission trip.  this is the first year Velocity will do something local instead of international.  with the economy the way it is, I thought it wise to stay cheap…this way families will have one less “stresser” in their life…and hopefully more students will be involved.

how I feel about this week: I am speaking in RustProof this upcoming weekend, so I am excited for the opporunity.  too often I don’t realize the impact of speaking in front students, which in turn doesn’t give me the drive I need to sit down and prepare the best talk possible.  workin’ on it.

blogs i’ve recently started following:

currently stressed about: the “scroll up” function on my apple mouse ball does not work.